The NBA is becoming a positionless league. Coaches are more comfortable playing nontraditional lineups, cross-switching defensive assignments, and sliding players between positions. However, there are still five spots in a lineup, and what spot a player occupies still matters.
Lonzo Ball can keep his crossover jump shot, as his father LaVar insists he should. He can also be one of the most dynamic point guards the NBA has ever seen, as LaVar insists he will. But he can't do both.
Now that Marvin Bagley III is headed to Duke, the discussion is over. Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils are the clear-cut favorites (again) to cut down the nets come April 2 in San Antonio. We've hemmed and hawed about it all spring and summer. Who should be preseason No. 1?
As the NBA unveils new jersey after new jersey during the summer of 2017, imagine if Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were looking at redesigns not for the Cleveland Cavaliers—but the Cleveland Towers.
It’s telling that the Philadelphia 76ers—whose 28 wins last season represented a four-year high—pop up so frequently on the NBA’s calendar of marquee games for next seasons. On opening week, the Sixers will take to ESPN to play the Washington Wizards, a gauge of Philly’s playoff hopes.
If you need proof that it’s a point guard’s league, just look at the staggering eight All-Star selections for the position this season. Looking at six different proficiencies, here’s how the best of the best stack up.There has never been a better time in NBA history to be a point guard.
Nate “Tiny” Archibald, the first NBA little man to flourish with unabashed creativity and freedom, spots his modern likeness in a crowded ballroom. Archibald weaves through traffic, same as he used to maneuver past defenseless opponents, to reach Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
Chris Paul and the Clippers are on the brink of elimination and the future of Lob City is on the line. What is the lasting legacy of this team, and its leader, CP3?“The Clippers are the Wile E. Coyote of basketball. They can’t win. If they win, everything is ruined.
Welcome to King of the Court, our daily celebration of the best performances in basketball from the night that was. We’ll be keeping track of the best player of every night of the NBA season, and tallying the results as we go along.
Introducing The Ringer’s guide to the 2017 NBA draft, one full of lead guards with the potential to shape the future of a franchise and of the leagueThe changing nature of the NBA’s point guard from pure passers to turbo scorers has created the position’s golden era.
Billups and Bledsoe laugh about the story now, but Odom wasn't joking. Bledsoe was a sullen introvert from Birmingham with a muddled Southern twang; he rarely said anything, and when he did, teammates could not understand him. "You wanna be a point guard?" Billups would ask Bledsoe.
A look at the 14 best prospects in the upcoming draft. This week, the focus is on a young French star rising in international tournament play, Arizona’s sweet-shooting giant, and the Kentucky Wildcats’ human torch.
If you have paid any attention at all to NBA draft prospects this season, you have heard about this year’s great freshman class, which is widely projected to make up the vast majority of the lottery.
A look at the 14 best prospects in the upcoming draft. This week, the focus is on the Markelle Fultz–Lonzo Ball battle, Josh Jackson’s jumper, and a new face at no. 14.
I've been writing a lot lately about how to improve communication skills, especially if you're in a leadership role. The irony of it all is that it's a skill not enough leaders have. I know this because it still tops the list for clients requesting communication coaching or training.
Not much went right for Dennis Smith Jr. in his one year at NC State. The Wolfpack were projected to finish sixth in the ACC before the start of the season, and they were widely expected to be an NCAA tournament team.
You can hear it, can’t you? That drumbeat. Those footsteps. Leather hitting hardwood. Sneakers squeaking. Nets swishing. The great battle is finally approaching. The NCAA tournament starts in 22 days.
The Kentucky freshman has not shown any semblance of a jumper, and it is keeping him out of the best-overall-prospect discussion. But can it be fixed at the next level? We look at some modern precedents, and talk to a couple of shot doctors for clues.
Uncle Drew visits an underground jazz club in downtown Chicago to convince his old point guard "Lights" to re-live their glory days on the court. As usual, players and spectators at the basketball court were told only that they would be filmed for a "basketball documentary" -- what they really got w
Recently I was watching the Bucks lose to the Cavaliers, and was paying particular attention to the work put in by Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (20 points, five assists off the bench). Midway through the fourth, Brogdon drove baseline and found a flashing John Henson.
What follows are 21 notes and anecdotes from a day shadowing De'Aaron Fox last month. Why 21? Let's call it an homage to The Big Fundamental, The Big Ticket, and three-point shooting. 1. De'Aaron Fox had my attention as soon as I found out that Kevin Garnett was his favorite player growing up.
#TBT: It’s the summer of ’07, just a few months before my senior year at Oak Hill Academy. I’m the No. 1 high school player in the country — and I know it, too, if you know what I mean. I’m 17, doing whatever I want on the court, and no one can tell me nothin’.
A look at the 14 best prospects in the upcoming draft. This week, the focus is on NC State’s explosive point guard, Michigan State’s super-tweener, Duke’s most talented conundrum, and a wild card from Omaha.
The heralded freshman is the engine behind UCLA’s perfect start, and his unconventional abilities can no longer be written off as a gimmickThere has never been a point guard quite like Lonzo Ball.
Ten years ago, teams would’ve tried to put him in a box. Now, the explosive defender will likely be given a chance to become the best version of himself — a decidedly nontraditional player.Position labels aren’t going anywhere.
In September 2012, a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard from Encino, California, whom Rivals.com rated as a three-star recruit committed to play basketball at the University of Virginia.
Predicting the next Isaiah Thomas or even Malcolm Brogdon may be one of the most difficult things to do in the league, but these five teams may have stumbled onto some extremely valuable pieces to their roster puzzleLooking for talent in the second round of the NBA draft is mostly a fool’s errand
The biggest play of Kyle Lowry’s life was doomed from the start. He had led the Toronto Raptors into the closing seconds of Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs. Lowry approached a moment that nearly every player covets.
Ricky Rubio was once the shiny, new toy. The promising point guard lit our eyes up with his magnetic play in Europe. The mystery of his talent preceded him, much like it does for most players not brought up through the American college system.
Leave yourself a Post-it: John Wall made the leap Friday night. From good-player-bad-team, from fast-player-no-jump-shot, from great-player-no-shoe-deal — from all of that to one of the best players in the league. His 42-point, 44-minute Game 6 is impressive just to say out loud.
Throughout his 17 years playing in the NBA, Chauncey Billups racked up plenty of accolades. In 2003, he won a championship with the Detroit Pistons and was named Finals MVP. He was selected to five All-Star teams and three All-NBA teams.
It has been four years since the Pelicans rushed a prefab identity around Anthony Davis by dealing for Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans -- the last two "young veterans" in a Finishing Five that would barely play together before disbanding.
Thanksgiving is three days away, so it’s probably (past) time to talk some college hoops. In the spirit of our NBA preview, here is our very timely and holistic 2016-17 NCAA basketball preview.
Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson are not hiding their pros and cons, and Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr. look like franchise-changing steals. The biggest stories from the most well-attended NBA summer league ever.
There may not have been any fireworks, but we learned a lot about the rising Wizards, who are inching their way to possible home-court advantage in the playoffsLong after the Wizards’ 123–108 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday is forgotten, their decision to dress in all black before an otherw
Good news, Hoopheads. Finch is in the House. Not just any house, mind you. He is in Seth’s Draft House on Medium. Over the next two weeks, this site will serve as a hub for first-rate content designed to prepare you for the 2017 NBA Draft.
With the Ball family, it’s tough to tell what’s real and what’s an exaggeration. Lavar Ball, the father, says his kids are going to be the NBA’s next superstars.
The All-Star has a deal to stay north of the border for three more years, but all across the league, teams are changing the way they use primary playmakers — and that impacts what a guy like Lowry gets paidAlmost everything that happened in June — from the Sixers trading up for Markelle
Pivotal offseasons sneak up on exciting young teams -- especially with the salary cap expected to flatten after an unprecedented two-year bubble that warped the league. The young pup Wolves were about to become expensive.
LAS VEGAS -- Jason Kidd has heard the comparisons of Lonzo Ball to himself many times since Ball began to shine at UCLA last season. Some even think that Ball looks a bit like Kidd when he came out as a highly acclaimed pass-first point guard and the No. 2 overall pick out of Cal in the 1994 draft.
Minnesota’s point guard often finds himself part of trade rumors, but ever since he survived the most recent deadline, he’s helped orchestrate an unlikely late-season surge for the TimberwolvesThe Minnesota Timberwolves have won seven of their last 11 games, throwing their hat into the ring for
Dec 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Former players and members of the 76ers family during a halftime ceremony celebrating the USPS release of the commemorative Wilt Chamberlain stamp during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center.
It’s blue blood versus Few blood.
Welcome to Inefficiency Week. Over the next five days, we’re going to take a look at what we lose when we get lost in the chase for efficiency. We’ll explore the ways it’s changing the games we love to watch. We’ll remember its failures across the pop culture spectrum.
The three best players in the world — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard — might be small forwards, but the NBA is a point guards’ league. Three of the four conference finalists feature an All-Star point guard.
The 2016-17 college basketball season will be the "Year of the Freshmen," featuring what could be the best class we've ever seen. Over the next two weeks we will get familiar with the best of the best, examining who they are and where each of the top 10 prospects in the 2016 ESPN 100 came from.
While the top ones are competing for MVP, the men directly behind are still All-Stars. Even outside the top 10, household names reign supreme, and the position's depth forces some notable veterans to show up far earlier than you might expect. So it goes for the league's most glamorous spot.
Roughly a month and a half separates us from the start of the 2016–17 NBA season, which means we’re roughly a month and a half out from being eight months away from the 2017 NBA draft, the most important sports event of the year.
For the better part of three months, the majority of the 2017 NBA draft discussion has been about point guards: whether Washington's Markelle Fultz or UCLA's Lonzo Ball has bigger star potential, or whether Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox is actually better than Ball, or whether N.C.
This story appears in the Jan. 9, 2017 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. To subscribe, click here. On the worst nights, when the fadeaways are short and the pocket passes are late, Giannis Antetokounmpo skips the showers.
No fair, they’re already trading/releasing/devaluing these guys! Yes, even as I was finally writing this 2017 NBA No-Defense Team item, I had to bob and weave through the great waves of activity that already have begun in the league’s movement period.
Two plays separated by about an hour in Detroit's win at Toronto Sunday captured so much of the uncertainty -- and the promise -- surrounding the stalled-out Pistons. The team had just reviewed its pick-and-roll coverages at halftime.
After the Warriors stormed back to defeat the Thunder 121-118 in overtime on Saturday night to improve to 53-5 (16-0 against the top 10 teams in the NBA), and with NBA legend Oscar Robertson’s grousing fresh in everybody’s minds, our Kevin Draper and Albert Burneko exchanged some emails about ho
Our resident draft experts revise their top fives, point out a few under-the-radar players, and take a look at some disappointing performances from top-tier lottery prospectsBy Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny ChauWith most of the best prospects in the lottery knocked out of the NCAA tou
For many NBA fans, March Madness is the embarrassing time of year when they realize that while they can recite, say, the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench rotation or the draft implications of a Sacramento Kings win, they can’t name more than a handful of college players.
It was a battle between two young teams whose seasons have not gone according to plan. And while one team has been surging, the other remains stuck in the mire.
The Kentucky product is one of the safest bets in the lottery — a bona fide scorer with limitless range. But for him to live up to his potential draft slot, he’ll have to show more in the NBA than he did in Lexington. There’s a history of Wildcats who have done just that.
THE NBA SEASON IS OVER. We did it, baby! We got through another slog of a miserable, injury-ridden season to get to every Sixers’ fan’s favorite time of year: LOTTO SPECULATION.
Entering this season, the Nets’ fifth in Brooklyn, the game the Nets played Sunday against the Houston Rockets could have been viewed as an important milepost on the schedule. It would be the Nets’ 40th game, just about the midway point of the season.
A polarizing talent entering the draft, Dennis Smith Jr. has the NBA community buzzing during summer league. And it's raising questions as to how he fell to the Dallas Mavericks at No. 9.
Late in the Milwaukee Bucks’ close second-game loss to the Toronto Raptors, on Tuesday night, the team’s sui-generis star Giannis Antetokounmpo backed his way toward the basket, along the baseline. His defender, Raptors forward P. J.
The NBA’s scheduling gurus have colluded with TV execs, centering around a reasonable assumption: You don’t care about the Atlanta-Washington series.